Council of Canadians

Why Pipeline Safety Audit Should Have You Worried

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.27.2014 | Canada Alberta

CALGARY - Problems flagged in the National Energy Board's audit of TransCanada Corp.'s pipeline safety practices should have Canadians worried, a grou...

Canada Caved To ‘Outrageous' U.S. Demands In Trade Talks: Report

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business

The federal government is staying quiet on reports it has caved to U.S. demands on intellectual property and copyright issues in a new Pacific trade d...

Harper, Learn to Balance Your Desire For Profit With Our Democratic Rights

Stuart Trew | Posted 02.10.2014 | Canada Politics
Stuart Trew

According to our poll, 54 per cent of Canadians said they oppose giving special protections to EU firms, "similar to the protections American investors in Canada have as part of free trade with the U.S. [that] let them sue Canadian governments if they feel a government policy, including an environmental policy, unfairly affects their investment or profits in Canada."

Lose the Double Standard Around Foreign Investment in Canada

Yves Engler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Yves Engler

Should the "right" of a foreign corporation to make a profit trump governments' attempts to create local jobs, improve environmental regulations or establish laws that raise royalty rates? Most Canadians would say no. But that's what the Conservative government is pushing poor countries to accept if they want Canadian investment.

NAFTA Hazard? Canada Sued Over Quebec Fracking Ban

CP | Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Free trade critics say a $250-million damage suit being pursued as a result of Quebec's moratorium on fracking is proof Canada needs to be ca...

Harper's CETA Priority Is to Protect Big Corporations, Not Human Rights

Dave Coles | Posted 08.04.2013 | Canada Politics
Dave Coles

The government's position on CETA seems to be that moves benefiting multinational corporations are good policy, but nominal human rights commitments are cumbersome or even a threat. What does this say about the Conservatives' priorities?

Nestle Denies It's Trying To ‘Drain' Ontario Town

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 06.04.2013 | Canada Business

The multinational food giant Nestle has been accused of attempting to “drain” an Ontario town of its water as the company fights to remove newly-p...

Why Aren't Canadian MPs Paying Their Taxes?

Samuel Mosonyi | Posted 08.04.2013 | Canada Politics
Samuel Mosonyi

No politician or citizen stands above the law, and each citizen must pay income taxes. When the lawmakers fail to follow their own regulations, citizens should demand better. In order to take parliamentary suggestions and regulations on tax avoidance and evasion seriously, citizens should feel confident that their MPs, first and foremost, are following the rules.

Harper Accused Of ‘Bullying' Provinces

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 05.28.2013 | Canada Business

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has been accused of “bullying” provincial governments into signing on to the Canada-EU free trade deal, after Newfou...

Althia Raj

'Robocalls' Fraud Prompts Calls For Accountability

HuffingtonPost.com | Althia Raj | Posted 05.28.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA — The electoral fraud committed by someone with access to the federal Conservative Party’s database of voter information has prompted calls...

Can This Network Really Take on Harper?

Nick Fillmore | Posted 07.01.2013 | Canada Politics
Nick Fillmore

The creation of Common Causes gave me hope. I have long felt that we desperately need a hard-nosed civil society movement that will challenge the Conservatives with massive campaigns drawing on the resources of hundreds of groups. Common Causes may be able to build an effective forum and voice for Canada's liberal-minded, progressive community but, as we have been in Quebec, this can take years.

Things Get Testy In The Robocalls Courtroom

CP | Steve Rennie, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.11.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The robocalls court challenge took a testy turn Wednesday over the tweets and treatment of one of its star witnesses.Conservative party lawye...

Democracy, Not Dollars, Behind Robocalls Court Case: Lawyer

CP | Steve Rennie, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.10.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The pattern of misleading or harassing phone calls in the 2011 election campaign is a more compelling reason to overturn the results than the...

Robocalls Inquiry Begins

CP | Steve Rennie, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.08.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The credibility of a key witness in a legal bid to overturn Conservative victories in six closely contested ridings came under fire Monday as...

'What If You Can't Trust The Election?'

CBC | Posted 01.21.2013 | Canada Politics

The Council of Canadians and two voters who say they received misleading calls directing them to the wrong polling station just before the last federa...

Robocalls Court Challenge Clears Another Hurdle

CBC | Posted 12.05.2012 | Canada Politics

A group of Canadians challenging the election wins of seven Conservative MPs has scored a victory along the road to getting the main case heard in Fed...

Tories Won't Block New Evidence In Robocalls Case

CBC | Posted 11.27.2012 | Canada Politics

Lawyers for the Conservative Party have dropped their objections to new expert evidence being entered in the ongoing legal battle over robocalls in la...

See You In December

CBC | Posted 10.15.2012 | Canada Politics

The legal challenge seeking to overturn last year's federal election result in seven ridings won by Conservatives will be heard in court in mid-Decemb...

$250k Deposit Please

CBC | Posted 10.09.2012 | Canada Politics

A lawyer for seven Conservative MPs whose 2011 election wins are being challenged in Federal Court wants to see a $250,000 deposit on costs in case th...

Tories Try To Block New Evidence In Robocalls Case

CBC | Posted 10.03.2012 | Canada Politics

The federal Conservative Party's lawyer, Arthur Hamilton, is objecting to a demand by a group of voters that Elections Canada provide details of compl...

Election Results Challenge Going Ahead

CBC | Posted 09.18.2012 | Canada Politics

The Federal Court is letting a challenge proceed regarding the 2011 election results in seven ridings across the country. A group of vote...

Daniel Tencer

Asia Trade Deal Would ‘Criminalize Some Everyday Uses Of The Internet’

HuffingtonPost.com | Daniel Tencer | Posted 08.30.2012 | Canada Business

Canadians would see Internet freedoms curtailed under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) currently being negotiated among a dozen Pacific Rim countri...

Court Hears Robocalls Case

CP | Steve Rennie, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.25.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A bid to overturn the federal election results in a handful of tightly contested ridings should be tossed out, because the cases were filed t...

Don't Award PepsiCo For Privatizing Water

Maude Barlow | Posted 08.15.2012 | Canada Politics
Maude Barlow

As activists from around the globe are convening at the Rio +20 conference to protect our common resources from private interests, the Stockholm International Water Institute's decision to award PepsiCo for its water efficiency is a cruel irony. There are some resources that simply shouldn't be bottled, traded or sacrificed to the market, and that is especially true of water.

Robocalls Critics: At Least Tories Aren't Calling Us Nazis Or Child Pornographers

CBC | Posted 07.24.2012 | Canada Politics

The Conservative Party has filed a second motion to dismiss the robocalls lawsuits filed by the left-leaning Council of Canadians, callin...